The Art of Prose is a workshop for writers interested in experimenting with forms, structures and language, with content and/or with innovative ways of telling a story.
I studied writing in college, but my career led me to visual art, now working as department chair at an art college. Two years ago I began writing short fiction again, finding my way to Writers At Work last summer. Since joining the group, I am attempting a longer form.
Writes: fiction and creative nonfiction
I have discovered that it is possible to stay committed to the creative act of writing while living in a fast-paced society. I have been part of Writers At Work for four years, and I have successfully completed my master’s thesis, titled Gil Cuadros’ AZT-LAND: A Queer Chicano Literary Heritage, while simultaneously developing over 30 short stories for my childhood memoir. I have learned how to map out my collection of short stories by themes using color-coded index cards. This exercise has allowed me to navigate the bigger picture of my collection as I prepare for the manuscript. You can connect with me on Facebook.
Inspired by the power of stories to build compassion, ask questions, and help us to fully see each other, E. Kugler principally writes short fiction. WAW has been a wonderfully supportive and nurturing venue for taking risks and becoming a more disciplined writer.
John David O’Brien
Writes: art reviews and visual-art-related narrative
I am a visual artist with studio and public art practices, an independent curator, and arts writer, living between LA and Umbria.
Writes: creative nonfiction
George Stoll is a sculptor who has been showing his work internationally since 1994. As an artist he has lectured at several universities, including Columbia, UCLA, and Yale. His travel essays have been included in City Secrets Rome and the zine Jimmy, and he is a contributor to an anthology titled Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, which will be published in 2013 as well as three pieces in City Secrets Paris that will be out in March. He has been a member of Terry Wolverton’s Thursday-night class since September of 2011 and is currently working on a long narrative of a fictionalized memory.
Writes: creative writing, short stories, children’s literature, and a film script
I am a children’s librarian and puppeteer and have used my experiences in the library as a platform to explore creative writing for children. I recently received a grant from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation for one of my puppetry programs. I practice Kundalini yoga. I’m interested in writing as an exploration of my soul and the collective unconscious. My website is on Facebook under the name “William Dandelion Puffball.”
Writes: things that don’t rhyme, and then some that do
Recently, Karen has written a screenplay, started production on her animated short, agonized over her novel/novella/whatever, gathered fodder for a series of e-books, and begun a lovely courtship with the idea of curating and editing an anthology of fringe perspectives.